SUPER DTP students are encouraged to undertake an internship during the course of their studies to support their personal and career development.

Internships undertaken as part of the SUPER DTP are intended to generate mutual benefit between students and host organisations and to enhance the quality or impact of research.

The SUPER DTP internships guidance document outlines more information for students and host organisations about internship benefits, suggested timings, funding/suspension of studies, and how to find or set up internships.


SUPER DTP students share their experiences of undertaking internships as part of their doctoral training:

Current Opportunities

You are encouraged to source your own internship opportunities by defining what you are looking for and making approaches to relevant organisations if the below do not suit. The list of SUPER DTP associate partners is a useful reference for possible organisations to contact.

UKRI Research Exchange and Internship Opportunities

The UKRI provides year-round opportunities for SUPER DTP students, as doctoral students funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council, to undertake a research exchange placement or internship. Research current offerings on the UKRI website.

NERC Talent and Skills Data Analysis Summer Placement

The NERC Talent and Skills team, is a small team sitting within the wider Research and Skills Directorate. This placement will use and adapt previously tested methodology to further understand the destination of NERC-funded students that have completed a PhD since the introduction of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT). Based in Swindon, Wiltshire, for 12 weeks, you will be paid £16,215 per annum (pro rata). The deadline to apply is Saturday 2 July.

2050 Climate Group’s Young Leaders Development Programme

We need leaders to make Scotland’s sustainable future a reality. You don’t need to be a chief executive or MSP to have an impact on this world. The aim of the YLDP is to give young people the leadership skills and climate change knowledge they need to take action on climate change. The programme will run between September 2022 and March 2023 and each of the six modules will contain workshops, talks, and networking. Find out more on the Climate Group’s website. The deadline to apply is Monday 27 June at noon.

Eurofleets+ Marine Internship Programme

This programme will offer seagoing placements on the Eurofleets+ partner research vessels, providing a great opportunity to gain offshore experience, develop new skills, and learn on the job with established research scientists and research leaders. Placements are funded whereas travel is not, but some support is available through your RTSG. Find out more on the Eurofleets+ website. Recruitment is ongoing until Friday 31 March 2023.

Licensing & Ventures Internship with Oxford University Innovation (OUI)

During your time with OUI, you will work on at least two real world technology transfer and commercialisation projects from Oxford University to industry. Working with the rest of the L&V team and university researchers you will:

  • Understand technologies;
  • Research the potential markets and industries for those technologies;
  • Evaluate the commercial opportunities and the competitive landscape.

These hybrid internships are 3 to 6-months long and are unpaid, but some support is available through your RTSG. Find out more via this document. Recruitment is ongoing, apply anytime.

The United Nations (UN) Internship Programme

The UN offers internships across multiple departments in locations worldwide. Internships last for at least two and can be as long as six months and are unpaid, but some support is available through your RTSG. Find out more on the UN website and apply for open positions here. Apply for the UN Environment Programme specifically here

STEM Ambassador Programme

The STEM Ambassador programme through STEM Learning is flexible, allowing you to volunteer in a way that suits you, it could be online or in person, in schools or in community groups, by supporting lessons or extra-curricular activities and working with young people or their educators. STEM Ambassadors make an impact by:

  • Supporting learning – help young people to understand the real world applications of their learning.
  • Illuminating careers – showcase different careers, providing information on roles and pathways into industry while raising awareness of the skills that are important in the workplace.
  • Raising aspirations – give young people the opportunity to meet a wide range of inspiring role models, encouraging them as they think about their future.

 Find out more on the STEM Learning website. Recruitment is ongoing, apply anytime.